You can look back at the last few seasons and point to things that went wrong for Arsenal, such as the injury problems that hit our key players including Theo Walcott, Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey at the same time after the Gunners were looking good to finally reclaim the Premier League title.
Injury problems, loss of form, a run of bad results and even some bad luck with a referee decision or two is all very well, but the simple fact is that Arsenal have failed to capitalise on promising positions and situations and that needs to change, so I think it is good to hear Walcott himself admit as much and not try to use excuses.
The England international was reported on the Arsenal website talking about his own personal fight to regain his best form but also about how the Gunners need to do things differently this time around to make sure that we are not going to suffer another season of disappointment, and he seems to be placing quite a lot of importance on the impact that Arsene Wenger’s new signings will have on the club.
He said, “[Last season is] gone and it’s in the past. I don’t need to worry about this anymore. If we dwell on the past then we’re not going to go anywhere.
“We’ve obviously got to look forward to the players coming in and we’ve got to do something differently this year. It’s a massive year for the club itself and we know what we need to do.
“Let’s be honest, we didn’t really perform [at our best last season], especially in the final run-in, but we still managed to finish second. We’ve got it in us so we’ve got to make sure that we’re at it every game now.”
I cannot disagree with our fleet footed forward but understanding and accepting a problem is one thing, while doing the right things to fix it is another. Will we really see a different Arsenal this year?